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Norway Set to Bar People from the UK

On January 1st the border will be closed as Covid-19 restrictions coincide with Brexit changes. Skiing will be off limits for people from the UK. There are growing concerns that UK citizens might be barred from all EU countries in three weeks. UPDATED

More Ski Resorts Open in Spain

The Catalan ski areas in the Pyrenees are opening. Last week’s planned openings were delayed. Some smaller ski areas in Spain have fired up their lifts with skiing underway for locals only. UPDATED

UK holidaymakers Could be Barred from EU after 1st January

Current Covid-19 rules only allow people from the EU, European Economic Area and Schengen countries to cross the borders. There are a handful of exceptions, but newspaper reports claim the EU has indicated the UK will not be exempt. The Foreign Secretary has played down the reports.

Alpine Elements Collapses But Plans Relaunch

The ski tour operator has been going for 23 years. It collapsed into administration on Tuesday, blaming Covid-19 and a lack of government support. But the owner has bought the brand and hopes to continue trading. He’s been speaking to PlanetSKI. UPDATED

Train Services Stopped Between Switzerland and Italy

Swiss Federal Railways has said that the connections would be halted at the border crossings in the Alps as its staff simply did not have the capacity to carry out the coronavirus checks required by Italian authorities.

Covid-19 Impact on Skiing & Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

Will Ski Resorts in Spain Open for Skiing at Xmas?

It looks like some will and some won’t, with final decisions expected this week. Elsewhere in the Pyrenees Andorra and France are not opening until January. NEW

Huge Queues For Verbier Lift

Photos have been posted on social media showing people apparently not social distancing. The resort has now put barriers in place, but questions remain as other resorts are set to open. Switzerland has decided to allow all its resorts to open despite many European countries keeping them shut.

Swiss Ski Resorts To Open Over Xmas

The announcement has been made by the Federal government. Many will welcome the move and many others will worry about it helping to spread coronavirus in a country that continues to have a high infection rate.

Andorra Closes Its Ski Slopes

Andorra has announced the ski lifts will not run over Xmas. Resorts in the French Pyrenees will be closed until January at the earliest. There are restrictions in Spain.UPDATED

Hotelplan UK Suspends All Ski Holidays Until February

The company runs Inghams, Ski Total and Flexiski. It has already axed the entire season for its other brand, Esprit Ski.

Italian Mountain Areas Placed Out of Bounds to Visitors Amid Fears of Third Wave

Italy has just had its highest daily death toll, surpassing the number at the height of the pandemic in March. New restrictions are announced, with more to follow, to try to beat the current spread with ski resorts closed. Other alpine countries except Switzerland have closed ski areas as Covid-19 spreads across the Alps. NEW

Nordic Nations Pull Out Of Cross Country Ski Races Over Covid-19 Fears

The Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish cross country ski teams have all been withdrawn from the next two World Cup events. NEW

Latest Restrictions in Italy Revealed With Huge Impact on Mountain Areas

Travel between regions has been banned over holiday period stopping many from going to second homes in the mountains or visiting family & friends. The government has singled out ski areas in particular. Further measures to battle Covid-19 to be announced later. UPDATED

Switzerland Under Pressure to Increase Covid-19 Measures and Shut Ski Resorts

It is keeping the ski resorts open as fellow alpine nations close theirs and try to prevent their citizens from visiting the Swiss Alps. If there is a serious outbreak or hospitals become overrun there could be long-term consequences.

Austria Allows Skiing At Xmas, But Only Just & Not For Many

Strict quarantine rules are set to be imposed making the slopes out-of-bounds to most foreign holiday skiers. Resorts can open on Xmas Eve for locals only as hotels remain shut.

Italian Ski Resorts Want to Limit Skiers to Overnight Guests Only

The alpine regions see it as a way to preserve the winter and reduce the spread of Covid-19.  The authorities are yet to react.

France Reveals Measures to Stop Its Citizens Skiing Abroad

President Macron said on Tuesday he will take measures to dissuade people from skiing in neighbouring Switzerland. Details have now been revealed. UPDATED

Ski Amis Goes Out of Business

It is the latest UK ski operator to cease trading amid the impact of Covid-19 and tough conditions ahead with Brexit.

More French Resorts Protest about Plans to Close the Ski Lifts

Several more demonstrations have been held today in the French Alps. Resorts are urging the government to change its mind. The authorities say the closure is about stopping hospitals becoming overwhelmed and saving lives. UPDATED

Coronavirus Impact on Skiing & Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

Crucial Week for Ski Season Start in the Alps

Some ski nations want the slopes to remain closed until January in a co-ordinated effort to fight Covid-19. Others say ‘No Way’. Talks this week will likely decide the outcome.

Indoor & Outdoor Slopes in England Reopen Today

All five indoor slopes in the England are set to open as the country comes out of lockdown and goes into the Tier System. The outdoor ones can open too.

Ski Touring, Cross Country & Snowshoeing Allowed in France

The lifts are set to be closed across Xmas and New Year but the authorities are allowing resorts to offer other forms of skiing and travelling in the snow. You just can’t use a lift.

Talks Continue for a Coordinated Opening of Ski Slopes in the Alps

 Austria has indicated it will not support the move led by Germany to stop resorts opening in December and postpone any openings to January. Switzerland will likely keep its resorts open. Pressure is mounting and it is getting highly political. UPDATED

French Ski Resorts Can Open in December But Lifts to Remain Shut

The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has made an announcement that slightly waters down what President Macron said on Tuesday. Resorts say it is not enough. UPDATED

Alpine Ski Nations Discuss a Co-Ordinated Approach to Opening

Italy has got the ball rolling and France says it is in discussions.  Germay is fully supportive. Austria and Switzerland appear rather less enthusiastic. PlanetSKI examines the chance of success. UPDATED

Crystal Ski Holidays Cancels All December Holidays to France

It follows the likelihood that French resorts will not open until late January. There is also the matter of isolation required when arriving back in the UK.

French Ski Resorts React With Dismay as Slopes Likely Shut Until January

President Macron has indicated they will close but a final decision will be taken next week. It will come at a huge economic price, but some resorts say they will be open, and though the lifts may be closed there is much else to do. UPDATED

Ski Resorts in France Set To Remain Closed in December

France has passed the peak of its second wave of Covid-19, but tough restrictions remain in place until at least January and ski resorts will likely remain closed. It is a bombshell for the French ski industry. UPDATED

Italians Urged Not To Go Skiing

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said Italy “can’t afford” the risk of further infections from people taking ski holidays. He is urging Europe-wide rules. Ski resorts are seen as super-spreaders of the virus back in March.

Quarantine Is the Key to Unlocking Winter 2020/21 For UK Skiers 

That is the claim from the rental company Intersport in a survey. It is released as UK quarantine is reduced from 14-days to 5-days.

UK Quarantine to be Reduced

The announcement has been made by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.  With a vaccine on the horizon, hopes rise in the world of snowsports. The self-isolation changes mean skiing is more attractive but there are still significant obstacles.

Coronavirus Impact on Skiing and Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on…

What May New Covid-19 Restrictions Mean for Skiing in Scotland?

The new rules have come into force this weekend and include travel restrictions. The resorts are not due to open until December, but an impact is already being felt.

Is There Going To Be a Season for UK Skiers This Winter?

It is the question on many of our lips as winter approaches. Some operators have gone bust, and others have called off the whole season. There are grounds for some optimism, but the realistic ones know it will not be for a while.

Major UK Ski Operator Cancels All Chalet holidays in France

Hotelplan UK runs Inghams, Ski Total, Esprit and Flexiski.  Holidays to Finland go too. It is another body blow for UK skiers and snowboarders in these Covid-19 times.  

VIP SKI Goes Out Of Business

The company had been going for 30 years and has been unable to survive the Covid-19 crisis. UPDATED

Planned Test Events for Beijing Winter Olympics Scrapped due to Coronavirus

The International Olympic Committee has said the planned international test events that were scheduled to place in the 2021 season will not now take place. NEW

Coronavirus Impact on Skiing & Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

Austria Goes into Full Lockdown as Covid-19 Continues to Surge

The alpine nation is seeing a sharp rise and measures taken so far do not appear to have worked. Ski resorts are already closed to the general public and it is grim news as winter approaches. UPDATED

Ski Weekender Closes its Alpine Base for Next Winter

UK Shortbreak Specialist is closing its main base in France, but it will act as an agent selling hotel rooms in its resorts. Other operators are under pressure and are considering their plans for next winter as the pandemic spreads and restrictions are tightened.

Scottish Ski Resort Suspends its Upcoming Season

The Nevis Range is to stop the sale of season passes and will not be opening the resort at the start of the season. It blames Covid-19 with growing uncertainty over restrictions. Others are reviewing their positions with Glencoe saying it will open as planned in December.

Battle of the Ski Face Masks

Selecting one’s snowsports outfit used to be one of the pre-season occupations for every fashionable skier or snowboarder. A mask is now part of the decision making process.

Tighter Rules in Austria as Covid-19 Continues to Surge

Shops in Austria now need to shut at 7pm. Last week it introduced tighter rules and further measures are expected to be announced on Saturday. Elsewhere in the Alps Covid-19 is spreading as the ski season approaches, but news of a successful vaccine trial has brought much optimism. UPDATED

Interski Cancels Operations for This Winter

The operator has been working in the Aosta Valley in Italy for almost 40years, but has decided to suspend all operations next winter due to Covid-19.

Four UK Tour Operators Cancel All Ski Holidays in December

Inghams, Ski Total, Esprit and Flexiski have announced they will not be running any ski trips this year, including over the Christmas period. The UK’s largest operator, Crystal Ski, says it still plans to operate in December.

Coronavirus Impact on Skiing and Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

Coping with Winter Lockdown

Lockdown Two is very different to Lockdown One. Winter weather with its cold temperatures and short hours of daylight. Here are some tips from Norway.

Freeride World Tour Cancels Events in Canada and Japan

It comes as no great surprise given international travel restrictions. The organisers say they will re-schedule the events to Europe, but question marks remain over whether the FWT will take place at all.

Italian Ski Areas Go into Lockdown

The Aosta Valley, Piedmont and Lombardy have been declared “Red Zones”. People can only leave their homes for essential reasons and skiing is not one of them. Covid-19 is surging in many parts of Italy as winter approaches.

Valais Canton in Switzerland Introduces New Covid-19 Rules

The restrictions aim to “avoid saturation of the hospital system” as the virus runs rampage. Switzerland is one the the major coronavirus hotspots in Europe.

Skiing in Scotland in Covid-19 Times

With the Alps looking increasingly difficult and North America near impossible some skiers and snowboarders are looking at following their passion in the UK this winter. Resorts are preparing but Covid-19 restrictions remain unclear.

Coronavirus Impact on Skiing & Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… NEW & UPDATED

Final Day for England Ski Centres as Lockdown Arrives

Snow centres in England are closing as the government orders another lockdown. Skiers & snowboarders express their disappointment & sympathy with many pragmatic to get Covid-19 beaten. UPDATED

Austria Ski Areas Close as Covid-19 Spreads

Austria has imposed new new lockdown measures with resorts closed on Tuesday. It is a severe below for the snowsports industry. Nine resorts were open offering some skiing with excellent early season conditions.

Covid-19 Spreading ‘Out of Control’ in Austria

Almost the whole of the alpine country has turned red on its four-level traffic light system. New measures are expected to be announced tomorrow.

Covid-19 Cases Surge in Europe With Serious Worries for Start of Ski Season

The current numbers make grim reading with forecasts even worse. Resorts have coronavirus policies in place, and hopefully skiing can happen, just in a different way to normal. But perhaps not till 2021.

Verbier Opens as Covid-19 Surges in Switzerland

The resort is following all the regulations and has obtained the “Clean and safe” label in collaboration with Switzerland Tourism. Some question the wisdom of opening as Switzerland, and the Valais Canton, is one of the Covid-19 hotspots in Europe.

French Ski Resorts Close & Delay Openings as Country Goes Into Second Lockdown

The glacier ski resorts of Tignes and Les2Alpes are closing at the end of today. Val Thorens and Val d’Isere have cancelled their openings in late November. We have all the news and latest reaction.

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Well he’s made it through to the second run, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be Dave Ryding’s night at the #Schladming night race in Austria.

Update: https://t.co/X0t7zRgFny

The @XGames Aspen lands this w/e & the 4 British #skiers invited have 11 X Games medals between them. Can they get on the podium?

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/26/gb-skiers-go-for-gold-at-x-games-aspen/
#freestyle @GBSnowsport #Buttermilk #AspenSnowmass

Seems the human and horse powered lifts are working in France.

Hats off to the ESF!

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/25/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-25/

Austria Makes #FFP2 Masks Compulsory in More Places

The masks have been obligatory on ski lifts since 24th December.

From today people must now wear the air-filtering FFP2 masks in shops and on public transport in Austria.

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/25/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-25/

Check out the latest news on the #Coronavirus impact on snowsports:

-MPI Remembers British SchoolGirls Races
-Is France Heading to Third National Lockdown?
-Virtual Meeting for Beijing 2022 Chef de Missions

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/25/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-25/

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New slopes to discover in winter 2021/22? ⛷❄️
#LakeLouise has opened brand new in-bounds terrain for the first time in 25 years! The Summit chairlift & adjusted boundaries have opened up 480 acres of skiable terrain in the West Bowl.

@SkiLouise @SkiBig3 | 📸@PhilipForsey

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